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Kerr was a guest on Dickau’s Scorebook Live quarantine series podcast recently when Dickau steered the conversation from questions to fessing up about a 2002 prank phone call schemed by Dickau’s friend and fellow Gonzaga alum Eric “Big Ed” Edelstein.
The Warriors fought to the end. Man, did they fight.
The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around.
Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn’t about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Klay Thompson also is dealing with a lengthy rehab after he tore the ACL in his left knee during the Game 6 NBA Finals loss to the champion Raptors.
Nick Nurse is a 51-year-old basketball journeyman who has been a coach for no fewer than 13 different teams in four countries over the last 30 years. He is unknown no more and someone who never will be anonymous again. Nurse is now the coach of the best team in the world. He guided the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship in a six-game defeat of the Golden State Warriors to deny them a third consecutive title.
A California police agency will pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri after the executive was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face and shouting obscenities as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship. A Warriors fan said the officer did not ask for a credential and he did not see Ujiri strike the deputy. The team is looking into the encounter.
The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself “world champions.” These Toronto Raptors might actually be worthy of the moniker.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sustained a torn left ACL during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Thompson was hurt late in the third quarter of their 114-110 loss to the Toronto Raptors. It was the Warriors’ second devastating injury in the final two games of the series. Kevin Durant tore his Achilles tendon in Game 5. Thompson finished with 30 points and left the arena on crutches. The Raptors earned their first NBA title.
Fans poured onto the streets and honked horns in Toronto and celebrated throughout Canada after the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship. Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, the fan zone outside the team’s empty downtown arena, to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals on big screens screamed in gleeful pandemonium as the final buzzer sounded on the Raptors’ 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
In the end, they were just battered and broken. And now, they’re beaten. The Golden State Warriors are champions no more. The reign ended Thursday night in the last game they’ll ever play at Oracle Arena, one where they entered without Kevin Durant and left without Klay Thompson. The roster depletion was just too taxing, even for warriors like the Warriors to bear. They lost Game 6 of the NBA Finals 114-110 to the Toronto Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard’s first season with the Toronto Raptors started with his now-infamous laugh. It ended with him getting the last laugh. The best player on the league’s newly crowned best team is an NBA Finals MVP for the second time. Toronto finally sits atop the basketball universe, with Leonard averaging 28.5 points in a six-game finals victory over the Golden State Warriors to lead the Raptors to their first championship.
Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured Canada’s first NBA championship with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 in a Game 6 for the ages that spoiled a sensational send-doff at Oracle Arena.
There was a predictable sting that pained the Toronto Raptors after Game 5 of the NBA Finals. They were so close. And then they had to fly so far. Whatever they were feeling after Monday night’s loss to Golden State is in the past now, which is consistent with the way the Raptors have tried to handle their business throughout the entirety of these playoffs. Now they have a second chance at grabbing the NBA title, with Game 6 at Golden State on Thursday night.
Stephen Curry offered a long list of things motivating the Golden State Warriors to extend their season once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight NBA championship.
Kevin Durant says on social media he underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Durant announced the news on Instagram, two days after the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP got hurt during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto in his return from a month sidelined by a right calf strain. Just 15 minutes before Durant went public, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said during a finals media availability that he didn’t yet have a formal update on Durant.
Kevin Durant dropped the ball, skipped quickly in pain and dropped to the court Monday night with a sad but fundamental lesson on display for all us: That’s why you never second-guess injury decisions.
The NBA Finals are making one last trip to Oracle Arena. For the Toronto Raptors, it’s a second shot at a first championship. For the Golden State Warriors, it’ll be a night to play for a fallen teammate and the fans they’re leaving behind. Game 6 is Thursday and the stakes could hardly be higher. Toronto will bring a 3-2 lead into the building and try again to win a title that seemed so close in Game 5 after Kevin Durant was injured.
The scoreboard said Golden State 106, Toronto 105. The reality was that both teams lost. It’s almost unimaginable: an NBA Finals game where neither team felt like celebrating afterward. That was the bizarre reality on Monday night, after the Warriors staved off elimination by rallying in the final moments to beat the Raptors and send this series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 – on a night when Kevin Durant’s season came to an end.
Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Golden State Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors can become the first team representing Canada to win the NBA championship by beating the Golden State Warriors at home in Game 5 on Monday night.